From the show: Reduce your Google use

Glenn has turned a critical eye to Google recently, and he taked about the company on radio and TV today. On TV, he laid out the reasons why he has made the choice to reduce his use of Google, and the video below from CNET shows some of the ways you can reduce your dependency on Google as well. To read the article, click here. Glenn will share more information on tomorrow’s radio show.

From the CNET article:

You may think you can’t find anything on the Web without Google, but you can. In fact, you have several worthwhile options to choose from. Bing is the next most popular search engine and it will soon power Yahoo search. You can also try out Ask.com or, for some old-school fun, AltaVista.com.

I recommend Bing. Just change that default search engine in your Web browser and the majority of your Google interaction is probably gone.

Next, let’s look at Gmail. How can you live without free unlimited storage and POP3 e-mail access? Yahoo Mail. Yes, Yahoo Mail. It may not be the belle of the ball, but it does all those things and the interface, lifted from Zimbra, works just like a modern e-mail program–unlike Gmail.

Along with Gmail, you may be using Google Calendar. You can export that calendar and then switch to Yahoo Calendar. With Yahoo, you can share the calendar, access it online, and sync it with desktop calendars.

Another biggie is documents. If you may think no other company is doing online document collaboration better than Google, you haven’t tried ZoHo. It does everything Google Docs can do and it does some things better.

Replacing YouTube is trickier. If a video’s on YouTube and your friend sends you the link, you might just have to click the link and be done with it. But you don’t have to use it to share your own videos. For those, I recommend using DailyMotion.com.

For still photos, replace Picasa with Flickr. And to replace Picasa’s editing features, use Paint.NET on Windows and Acorn on Mac OS X.